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words that mission control told him 54 years ago. >> godspeed, john glenn. that's it for "the lead." i am jake tapper. i turn you over to wolf blitzer now. he is in "the situation room." happening now, faux cabinet? president-elect trump names hard-liners to key positions many who oppose actions and regulations of the agencies they will lead. is trump looking to dismantle parts of the federal government as we know it. trump taps the man behind this ad to head the labor department. known for promoting his brands with racy commercials. why is he opposed to increasing the minimum wage? putin, up a fight. democrats and republicans are now divided over were russian president vladimir putin was involved in cyberattacks and leaked e-mails in an effort to influence the u.s. election.
why is putin now a fault line in u.s. politics? new terror tactics, a chilling report warns of new isis methods to attack the west, including car bombs and possibly chemical weapons. are isis operatives standing by to strike? i am wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." president-elect donald trump is on the road this hour. he will be heading to des moines, iowa, where he'll hold his latest so-called thank you rally later tonight. first a visit to ohio state university where the president-elect has asked to meet with victims of that isis-inspired terror attack as well as first responders. and we're learning more right now about new additions to his administration. trump has picked fast-food ceo andrew puzder to be labor secretary. puzder opposes a higher minimum wage and broader overtime pay. trump has named oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt to
head the environmental protection agency. pruitt does not believe in climate change and he has sued the epa multiple times over power play plant regulations. new tonight, a disturbing warning about new terror tactics being adopted by isis. a european report says as forces lose ground in syria and iraq they're become being expert in using car bombs which they could bring to the west. with us will be adam schiff and our correspondents and expert analysts are standing by. let's begin with donald trump's latest appointments to his administration. our senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny is in des moines, iowa, for us. jeff, the president-elect will be holding his next thank you rally where you are later tonight. update our viewers. >> reporter: wolf, of course, he won the state of iowa one month ago. donald trump is moving ever increasingly to fill up his
cabinet. naming his pick for labor secretary and his pick to lead the epa. as he moves closer to the oval office some of his actions are more prlesidential but his skin seems as thin as ever. as donald trump adds new names to his cabinet, it's clear how much his world has changed since winning the presidency one month ago tonight. as he takes to twitter, it's clear how much still hasn't. he is still blasting his critics personally. an indiana union leader is his latest target. >> he didn't tell the truth. he inflated the numbers and i called him out on it. >> reporter: chuck jones, president of the steel workers union at the carrier factory trump visited last week appearing on cnn's "new day" the morning after being attacked by trump. it started last night when jones told cnn's erin burnett that trump exaggerated by saying 1100 jobs would be saved from going to mexico. >> they're counting in 350-some-odd more than were
never leaving this country at all. we had a lot of our members when the word was coming out of 1100, they thought that they would have a job. >> reporter: trump, it seems, was watching and fired back on twitter 20 minutes later, saying jones has done a terrible job representing workers. no wonder companies flee country. an hour later another shot. if united steel workers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in indiana, trump tweeted. spend more time working, less time talking. tonight trump keeps adding to his cabinet. cnn has learned he selected andrew puzder as labor secretary. the ceo of hardee's and carl's jr. and opposes raising the minimum wage. he's supported some immigration reforms but drawn criticism for racy ads promoting his burgers. >> i don't think there is anything wrong with a beautiful woman in a bikini eating a burger and washing a bentley or being in a pickup truck or being in a hot tub.
there is nothing more american. >> reporter: he has chose scott pruitt and lead the epa. he has deep ties to the fossil fuel industry and has denied climate change. tim kaine spoke to cnn. >> if someone does not accept what other basic climate science, what other science don't they accept. >> reporter: the most anticipated position of secretary of state is still open. some choices and some of his policy proposals signal an unconventional presidency. >> the script to what we're doing is not yet written. >> reporter: his victory tour rolls on tonight with a stop in iowa, following an afternoon visit to ohio to meet first responders and victims of the stabbing attack last week at ohio state university. now, donald trump will be joined here tonight by the vice president-elect mike pence and they'll make the introduction of terry branstad, the longest serving governor in the country, the governor of iowa, the new
choice as the ambassador to china. wolf, the victory tour rolls on. tomorrow the stops in michigan and louisiana. >> thanks very much, jeff zeleny reporting for us. we are also learning new details about donald trump's transition plans including potential conflicts of interest and the role of his adult children. sara murray joins us now. you are learning new information from your sources, update our viewers on that. >> reporter: well, that's right, wolf. we know donald trump has been having meetings about how to better separate himself from his business now that he is the president-elect. and of course, he has teased a big press conference to announce his plans next week. what we are learning is, as of now there is really no indication that donald trump is going to fully divest from his company, which means there are still going to be questions about whether there are conflicts of interest that could potentially follow him throughout his four or eight-year tenure in the white house. now, the other thing we've learned is that, when he does hand over control of his businesses, at least to his two
sons, potentially his daughter as well, he may install another independent person as part of that organization structure, someone who is not a member of his family. he could do this to further ininsulate himself from conflicts of interest. someone i spoke to said it's not because he's worried about the criticism or the back lash, no. he wants to protect and shield his children from any of that, wolf. >> the word at least in the "new york times," sara that his daughter ivanka and jared kushner will move to washington and she'll take a leave of absence from the big business, what are you hearing about that? >> reporter: that's right. the "new york times" is reporting she will take a leave of absence. others have been a little less certain about what exactly her role will be in the business. they are certain of one thing. she and jared kushner will both be playing roles in washington, whether formal or informal. a source told me you can really
think of ivanka trump as sort of a stand-in first lady. she will be a washington hostess and a policy adviser to her father on some less conservative issues. we saw her weigh in on paid family leave throughout the campaign. that's something she wants to continue working on. also on climate change issues. that could put her in an interesting position at odds with the man donald trump just chose to leads the epa. gives you an indication of the different perspectives i wants -- he wants to take with him to the white house. >> the first lady. melania, will stay in new york for the school year. let's get more on this. democratic congressman adam schiff of california joins us. he is the ranking member of the intelligence committee. thank you for joining us. >> great to be with you. >> on the whole issue of a potential conflict of interest, do you see a problem there? what is he supposed to do? he can't sell the entire
business, right? >> well, i think it's an enormous problem. he has to divest himself and his family of the business. there is no way he can divorce himself of the knowledge he has of where the assets are located and how his decisions as president affect his business interests. the country will always wonder as long as he has those business interests, is he doing this because he wants to continue doing business in turkey, is he doing it to grow his business in russia? is it because he has loans from china? those are not questions we want the nation to be asking. he has a country to run. it's a big enough job without the conflict presented by his businesses. >> when you say divest his business, what does that mean? >> i think he does need to sell off the businesses. >> sell the entire trump organization? i think he needs to make sure that his family, including his children, are not owning that business, running that business, and presenting him with a supreme conflict of interest. i think it may raise a constitutional question on the emoluments clause. and more than that, it raises tremendous and a tremendous
appearance of impropriety if not a risk of actual impropriety. >> you see a problem with some of these foreign embassies here in washington. bahrain, azerbaijan, hosting events at the new trump hotel down the street from the white house? >> absolutely. this is a president-elect who ten days before the election was pumping his hotels, marketing his hotels, right in the midst of a presidential campaign. if he's going to do that during the campaign why would we think he'd stop promoting the businesses after the campaign? >> people knew all that about donald trump. they knew he had a huge business in real estate, casinos, country clubs. but he was elected president of the united states. they knew all about him. >> they knew that he had these business interests. they may have hoped that, if he became president, that he would deal with the conflicts of interest as other presidents have. we've seen a lot of those hopes prove illusory on other issues. i hope this is not another disappointment. >> we'll see specifically the
legal impact of what he decides to do. elli he has a news conference december 15th spelling out what he and his lawyers have come up. we'll have extensive coverage of that. on to other news. scott pruitt, the oklahoma attorney general, climate change denier. what's your reaction? >> this is the kind of appointment you make when you not only want to radically change policy but you want to poke people in the eye while you do it. this was i think a terrible choice, to put a climate denier in this position. it basically tells not only the country but the rest of the world, we are giving up our leadership on this issue. we're giving up our leadership, diminishing our standing in the world when it comes to advocating for the planet, combatting climate change. it's another peg down, i think, in our global standing. and it -- it worries me terribly. this person could end up presiding over the dismantlement of one of our key agencies and a
protector of the environment. >> during the campaign donald trump made no secret about his distain for the environmental protection agency which he'll head if he is confirmed by the senate. the republicans have the majority in the senate. realistically do you see any possibility he might not be confirmed? >> well, he is about as toxic a nominee as you can get. and, you know, i think that, given they have the votes, it depends on which battles democrats in the senate choose to fight. i think they will fight this one. i think they'll fight the attorney general. whether they'll succeed or not may depend on how much public opinion can be moved. they have to try regardless of the outcome. >> what do you think about andrew puzder who will be nominated by the president-elect to become the labor secretary? he is someone who is on the record saying he opposes an increase, for example, in the minimum wage? >> yet another opponent that would be more appropriate if it were the anti-labor department or the anti-environmental protection agency. these are folks who are, i
think, very disparaging of the responsibilities that they'll take on. this is someone who doesn't represent workers at all, who is against the minimum wage, who is against overtime rules that would reward those who are working longer hours. so i think -- i think another sop to the hard-core base of the gop does nothing to bridge the divide that the president-elect talked about in the "time" magazine story. >> puzder may be opposed to increasing the minimum wage. but during the campaign when i interviewed donald trump he said he was open to raising it to about $10 an hour, presumably the president of the united states can tell the labor secretary, if he is confirmed by the senate, to go ahead and support an increase in the minimum wage, right? >> presumably. we'll see how -- >> why do you say presumably? >> i don't think anyone knows who will be actually running this government. this president-elect, i think, is someone who is content in many respects to say, i don't want to be bothered with the small decisions. i want to be the chief decider,
whether he will actively engage himself on minimum wage issues, whether he'll use the muscle necessary as president to work with the congress, where many in the gop don't want to increase the minimum wage, i have to say appointments like this do not give me much confidence that he'll fight to fulfill those promises. >> do you think the vice president, mike pence, will effectively be running the government and he'll sort of stay above all of that? is that what i am hearing you say? >> i don't know that the vice president will. i think as we saw in the campaign the president-elect bridled when it was suggested that mike pence ought to be at the top of the ticket or if he were to say anything to contradict the president-elect. you will remember when he slapped him down over syria. i can see him delegating a lot of discretion. he is not taking regular intelligence briefings. he is spending more time at
celebratory rallies than he is preparing himself for the job. >> you don't like these two potential nominees, for epa and labor secretary. you like some of the others. >> i like general mattis a great deal. >> es a he will be nominated fo defense secretary. >> he is a superb choice. >> you think there should be a waiver allowing him to be? >> i think he should be judged on the merits. i have to say i'm getting a lot of heartburn over the fact that he's populating other key positions in the cabinet with other generals. that raises further question about whether there will really be civilian leadership. that does concern me. one of the yet to be filled positions of secretary of state, if he puts another general there, that is only going to magnify those concerns. but i like what mattis has to say about torture. he is against it. i like what he has to say about russia. i hope he'll talk sense into the president-elect that putin is not our friend. i like his support of nato.
there is a lot of like about mattis. there is a lot to like about general kelly. >> for homeland security secretary. >> we don't know that much about his views on immigration, so the senators need to do thorough vetting. but these are solid people. and with general kelly you have someone who knows, in the most painful and intimate of terms, what it's like to commit our service members to battle and to lose a family member. >> he is a gold star father. his son, second lieutenant robert kelly, was killed in action in afghanistan. general kelly has spoke about that very movingly indeed. we have more to discuss, congressman. i'll take a quick break and we'll resume our conversation right after this. just gotta get the check. almost there. i can't reach it. if you have alligator arms, you avoid picking up the check.
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president-elect trump has been meeting with the victims of the ohio state university ter o -- terror attack and with first responders. we'll have coverage of that. back with democratic congressman adam schiff of california, the ranking member of the intelligence committee. we'll talk to him about the threat posed by russia both to u.s. cyber security and u.s.-backed forces. we want the latest from jim sciutto. jim, you had a chance to speak to a senior u.s. military official about all of this. what's the latest you are hearing about the russian threat? >> at a time when you have the president-elect, other members of his incoming administration questioning the threat from russia, talking about a friendlier relationship, like u.s. intelligence agencies the view of the u.s. military is that russia is very much a threat. this senior u.s. military official putting it at least on a par with violent extremism and spoke specifically about the
context of syria, describing an upcoming moment when you will have u.s.-backed syrian rebels face to face to russian backed regime forces there, just one of many places along with ukraine and elsewhere where the u.s. are coming into direct conflict with the potential of military escalation as well. >> just this week, as you know, donald trump told "time" magazine. let me quote. he said, why not get along with russia? they can help us fight isis, which is both costly in lives and costly in money and they're effective and smart. he still says russia didn't necessarily hack the u.s., didn't interfere with the u.s. election. what are you hearing about that? >> it remains the public assessment of the u.s. intelligence agencies that russia did in fact hack the election. it's our own reporting that there is the possibility of new information that firms up the idea that it was done not just to interfere in the election but also to help donald trump win the election. that's purely on the election, though. but in terms of the broader
threat, as we were saying earlier, there are other areas where you are coming into conflict. the senior u.s. military official certainly identifying it high on the list. i asked him if he has communicated that to the president in light of the differences of opinion. he said that we serve only one president at once. presumably it will happen after he takes office. this happens as a bipartisan group of u.s. senators wrote a letter on the issue of rush ere in u. in light of rui'll read from th. we also renew our call for the u.s. to increase political, economic and military support for ukraine. so you are seeing a clear signal there, wolf, that even republican lawmakers will not sit back, at least on the threat from russia, particularly as you have it, face-to-face on issues like ukraine, syria and hacking
of the u.s. election. >> jim sciutto reporting. our chief national security correspondent. back with adam schiff of california. you've also written a letter on this sensitive issue to the president requesting a classified briefing to provide specifically details on russian hacking of various american political organizations. has that request from you to the president -- has that request been granted? >> it has not been granted yet. i think that all of the members of the house ought to receive the same briefing those of us on the intelligence committee have about russia meddling in our election. this is something i think the president ought to speak to the country about and speak as much as he can in declassified form with the country. these cyberattacks by russia were really unprecedented in their scale and impact, and we have not seen the last of them. one of my concerns is that there hasn't been an adequate deterrent. there hasn't been a cost the
russians have paid. that has to change. it may have been to benefit of donald trump during the campaign. the moment he crosses putin as inevitably he had have to because putin is not our friend. he may be the subject of damaging dumping of documents and he may find he has a different view of it when he is on the receiving end of the punishment. >> general clapper and jeh johnson wrote a letter, a public statement in early october saying this went to the high egest levels of the russian government, the release of the e-mails from john podesta, bho was t -- who is the chairman of the hillary clinton campaign. they say the highest levels of the russian republic. does that mean putin himself ordered this, knew about it, was involved in it? >> unfortunately, wolf, i cannot go beyond what the director has agreed to declassify. i think you can tell putin has a very small circle around him. he runs that kremlin.
there is not a lot of dissent. something of this significance, getting involved in the hacking of u.s. election, leaving fingerprints all over your work, that's not something i think that can't take place, as the director said, without agreement at the highest levels. i also want to say in terms of the senate level that you and jim referred to about ukraine. i think we should provide stronger support to ukraine. a year or two years i was advocating that we provide stronger defensive weapons to ukraine. these things are not unrelated. when you don't deter the russians and push back hard, they view it as an open door. whether in ukraine or within the cyber world. we have to meet this newly aggressive, belligerent russia, with a strong push-back. >> let us know if you get the request granted from the president of the united states. we will be anxious to hear. >> thank you. >> adam schiff, the ranking democrat on the intelligence committee. the electoral college meets in 11 days to formalize the election of donald trump. could a new lawsuit complicate
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toobin. donald trump using twitter once again last night, very assertively, going after a union leader who said, you know, he misled the public when he suggested 1100 jobs at carrier would be staying in the united states, it's really closer to 800 jobs. and donald trump reacted. that union leader, by the way, getting some threats out there in social media. he is being harassed. former labor secretary robert reisch warned this is dangerous to democracy. >> whether it's the cast of humidi -- "hamilton," the "new york times." our colleague, jeff zeleny. i mean, he attacks people on twitter. he has every right to do it under the first amendment, but it is a different way of being president, and if things start to go south for him, i think people will start to be upset
about it. if his presidency is a success, i think his tweets will be seen as a success. >> this is just a union leader of a local union. it's not somebody who is really famous or anything like that. >> now he is. >> now he is. trump does not discriminate when it comes to stature. everyone from little old me to alicia machado. anyone can be a target. i am reminded of -- a couple months after obama was inaugurated, we had the skip gates incident. he came out, had a press conference, called the cambridge police and said they act stupidly. there was a big back lash that the president would, a, address in a press conference and, b, so casually. i think then he immediately realized what you say when you are president is different. i don't know if trump will have that same kind of lesson early on. what he tweets as president or from an official potus account
will sound differently or whether he'll learn to measure himself. i doubt it. >> listen, he has to stop. incidences like what happened last night is clearly distracting away from the hard work that he needs to be putting it. clearly he is putting in long hours and hard work in trying to pick a cabinet. he side-tracks himself. can you imagine if we're able to extract every misstep, every stupid thing he did, every tweet that he did and pulled it out of the conversation, what would our conversation be. it would be so much more positive about his presidency. >> but why? >> go ahead, jeffrey. >> this is his brand. i mean, i think his supporters love this stuff. they hate the "new york times." they hate cnn. they hate unions. i mean -- i think he -- you know, he thrives on picking fights with people that his base doesn't like. >> yeah. but to that point and very quickly, while his base might be on board with it, you know, there will still the other half
of america that's not on board with it. world leaders are not on board with it and opinion makers are not on board with it. >> nia, the president-elect is in columbus, ohio, right now. he has been meeting with family members, victims of the ohio state university terror attack. fortunately nobody was killed, but people were injured. he has also been meeting with first responders. this is a different side, presumably, of the president-elect we're going to see. and he just spoke and explained why he was doing this. we'll have that tape in a few seconds. but this is an important moment for the incoming president. >> it is. and it's an important role for any president to have, this kind of comforter in chief. we haven't seen him do that. when there are different tragedies around the country. as he was running that wasn't really his role. he was mainly sort of someone who was the tough and strong leader. again, he'll have to learn to do that. it is about how is he growing into this role as president. is he changing. in some ways we haven't seen him
change. he is still tweeting. he is still sort of punching down at folks. this is a different side and i think a welcome side for at lot of people. again as the sense that he's growing into this role and changing and doing something he needs to do. >> we have the tape. he spoke moments ago with journalists. let's listen in. >> well, this is a great honor for me today. we're in a fantastic state that i love, ohio. and we just saw the victims and the families, and we were really -- i mean, these were really brave people, amazing people. the police and first responders were incredible, the job done in particular by one young gentleman was incredible. and i got to meet him, and he is very brave. the families have done so well to come through this so well. and so a lot of respect. and of course, senator john glenn today, the passing of --
he was really -- to me he was a great american hero, a truly great american hero. i met him on two separate occasions. liked him. always liked him. but he was indeed an american hero. so nice that you're here, and this was an honor for me to be here today. thank you all very much. thank you. >> very brief comments you heard from the president-elect. nia, senator glenn passed away today as the age of 95. a great american. indeed we'll have more on that later in the situation room. you see that he was apparently very moved by his exchange with the families, the survivors, the first responders, who had to deal with this isis-inspired terror attack at ohio state university. >> if you look back at president obama and the moments he had to make similar comments and meet with families in similar ways and maybe even make a public
statement on national tragedies, those were moments that changed him and in some ways also changed his policy and his approach to policy. we'll see how these types of incidents change donald trump. not only just personally but also if they end up changing his approach to some policies. >> he obviously was moved, mark, about i the -- we don't know what happened. there were no cameras inside. clearly the exchange he had with these family was important to him. >> presidential. what he just did for donald trump was presidential. what he did last night for donald trump was not very presidential. >> when he was tweeting -- >> tweeting going after a local labor official. >> union leader. what did you think? >> we saw over the course of the campaign donald trump responding to a number of tragedies on twitter. he didn't really go out and talk much about them, probably because he didn't know what to say. these are the kind of moments that will really test him. he didn't have anything prepared. he spoke really off the cuff. i thought it was a very
well-connected, from the heart kind of moment. >> this is, unfortunately, jeffrey, something a president needs to do, become what we call the comforter in chief, after a tragedy like this terror attack at ohio state university. >> it's true. i am sorry. i don't mean to be the skunk here. this was a 30-second comment. very perfunctory. it was fine, but i mean, are we really giving him like an enormous amount of praise for saying it was good to meet these first responders and saying a nice thing about john glenn? isn't this the soft bigotry of low expectations as george w. bush liked to say? i thought it was fine but i thought it was a pretty minor statement. >> right. it was. but the bar is low, jeffrey, for him. i mean, let's tell the truth. it is what it is. the bar is low. >> this was an opportunity, trump generally likes to use these moments to talk about himself. he didn't. i don't think that's the soft bigotry of low expectations. it's just giving him credit when he deserves it. >> right.
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has the potential to disrupt this month's electoral college vote on the next president of the united states. bringing in evan pérez, our justice correspondent and bring back our senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin. evan, what's at stake here? what are some electors challenging? >> a couple in colorado call themselves moral electors and they're trying to overturn the state law requiring the electors to vote for the winner of the state's popular vote. colorado was won by hillary clinton. the goal here is to open up the possibility for these laws that govern 29 states, actually, that -- that would free up these electors to be able to vote their conscience, so to speak. in this case they're trying to coordinate with other electors to possibly avoid voting for donald trump and mike pence who they say are unfit for office. we have a response from the secretary of state wayne williams in colorado who says, quote, make no mistake, this is
not some noble effort to fight some unjust or unconstitutional law. rather, it's an arrogant attempt by two faithless elect tors to elevate their personal desires over the entire will of the people of colorado. this is a longshot, right? december 19th is coming up, when the electors get together to decide the election. and we expect that, even if those -- this lawsuit succeeds, the decision falls to the house of representatives, which is sure to elect donald trump. >> do they have a sound legal case, jeffrey, here? >> i don't. but i think the lawsuit does illustrate just how murky the rules are about the electoral college. i think most people think of it as sort of an automatic process, but in fact the states vary a lot. some states require the electors, like colorado, to vote for the winner of the popular vote. others allow individual
congressional districts to vote differently. i think these electors would be far better off arguing for a national popular vote, which could be done by the state legislatures if enough of them agreed, rather than this undertaking which i think ultimately will fail, but it does illustrate just how mysterious these roles are and the supreme court has never definitively settled how an electoral college is really supposed to work. >> very interesting, guys. thanks very much. coming up, a chilling new warning predicts would-be isis terrorists are about to change their tactics. are new and deadlier tactics on the way? oh, that's lovely... so graceful. the corkscrew spin, flawless... ...his signature move, the flying dutchman. poetry in motion. and there it is, the "baby bird". breathtaking. a sumo wrestler figure skating?
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there's an alarming new warning that potential isis terrorists may be changing their tactics for attacks on the west. cnn's brian todd has details. what are you learning, brian? >> reporter: one of europe's top law enforcement agencies is warning that terror attacks by isis could be carried out across europe in the near future. isis may employ tactics and weapons like car bombs, even chemical weapons. and that the terror group already has dozens of operatives already in place in europe. [ gunfire ] this experts say is the type of damage isis wants to inflict. mass casualties following the attack in paris. carnage in the streets as an isis inspired attacker plowed through innocents in nice. now, more of this is coming from isis and soon, warning "further
attacks in the eu, both by lone actors and groups, are likely to take place in the near future." but tonight, the concern isn't just more concerns but the new tactics and tools the terror group may use to create mayhem. isis has become expert in using vehicle iedstne in iraq and syr. >> the types of things you don't learn by being an inspired terrorist on the streets of paris or belgium, but you could learn out of a training camp or fighting experience in syria, iraq or libya. >> reporter: the report outlines the isis threat could be in place. "several dozen people may be currently present in europe with the capability to commit terrorist attacks." >> thousands of europeans have gone to be trained by isis. quite a number of them have come back. >> reporter: tonight one official tells cnn isis is trying to deflect attention from itting dwindling territory by
calling on following to carry out attacks. the slick, heart-pounding videos experts say have slowed from a trickle, from a group that used to feature beheadings by a killer the press nicknamed jihadi john. >> this knife will become your nightmare. >> reporter: isis' latest video features john cantley, pointing out the impact of fighting on civilians. >> we have very little electricity and water, and that's making life extremely tough. >> reporter: the location in the video corresponds to maps reviewed by cnn, and he points out bomb damage which matches air strikes that occurred two weeks ago. >> the united states government has killed a lot of isis propagandaists. the amount of propaganda has gone down and we're seeing a great collapse of their pr effort.
>> reporter: isis is trying to claw its way back into our consciousness. a u.s. counterterrorism official telling cnn tonight the group now claims credit for attacks it doesn't even have a direct role in planning. as for the threat to america right now, analysts say it isn't so much an isis trained cell carrying out a mass casualty attack, but a lone wolf inspired by isis, using a vehicle or convennal gathers like at ohio state, san bernardino, and orlando. >> brian, thank you very much. coming up, donald trump picks a fast food ceo to lead the labor department. ♪ when you think of saving money, what comes to mind? your next getaway? connecting with family and friends? a big night out? or maybe your everyday shopping. whatever it is, aarp member advantages can help save you time and money along the way.
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